We had house guests over the holidays, and as I was preparing the recently-renovated upstairs bathroom (also my girls’ bathroom) for them, I realized that having decorative stuff on the double vanity counter top didn’t work for my girls every day, but having ONLY what worked for them on the counters didn’t work for guests either. So, I polled my girls on what they felt they needed to keep on the countertop, and then asked our house guests what they thought were essentials as well as extra little touches that made them feel at home. I asked these same questions in my Instagram stories and had several requests to hear the answers. Apparently I’m not the only one who has struggled to figure out how to decorate a double vanity countertop.
Feedback From My Girls, Guests, and IG Friends
Here are the answers I received from my girls, my guests, and my Instagram friends about what should be kept out on a double vanity countertop (or any bathroom counter really):
- A towel they are allowed to use to wash their faces or wipe their dirty hands on (I don’t allow them to use the pretty hand towels for these things…those are only for drying wet hands).
- A dish for retainers (only when guests are not staying with us)
- Flowers (requested by my Noelle)
- Soap pump at each sink
- Extra hand towels that the girls don’t use (Believe me, I get this one)
- Extra wash cloths
- Qtips (this is my input as a guest…I ALWAYS need Qtips)
- A box of Kleenex
- Cotton balls
- Extra wash cloths
- A box of Kleenex
- Extra toiletries (travel-sized ones like in hotels)
Double Vanity Countertop Decor Ideas on Pinterest
After compiling all that information, I set out to find examples of how to decorate a double vanity countertop on Pinterest. However, most images I found were staged and really only provided examples of WHERE things should go, rather than WHAT items should be on a bathroom counter. Here are the different ideas I pinned:
1. This idea isn’t very practical, but it’s pretty. I feel like all those smaller things should be corralled onto a tray next to the potted olive tree. But this gives a good idea for the placement of items.
2. I love the composition of everything on this double vanity countertop, though I wouldn’t select sponges and bars of soap for those beautiful apothecary jars (just not practical). I like that there is a dish with a wash cloth, a cup for toothbrushes and paste, the storage jars in the middle (should be Qtips and cotton balls in there) and a pretty flower on one side. It covers all the bases except Kleenex, which could easily replace one of the extra silver objects in the middle.
3. This one is far too minimal for everyday use or guest bathroom purposes, but I thought the idea of placing a vase of fresh greens or flowers BEHIND a tray full of practical items was genius!
4. This look is nice and clean, but covers most of the bases with matching jars for cotton balls, Qtips, and soap, a place for toothbrushes, a decorative sponge and perhaps a little tray. I think the only thing that’s missing is some greenery. Having that center towel ring is really practical and pretty as well.
5. If you don’t need to keep daily things out, this beautiful setup by Studio McGee might work for you. It also gives you an idea of how to arrange similarly-sized objects…instead of that giant white vase, you could place a jar of cotton balls or a Kleenex box, and it looks like there’s still room for maybe a small container of Qtips or some wash cloths.
6. I included this image because it’s another good example of how to arrange things on a double vanity countertop, though you may choose to use different objects. I love having something fresh (greens or flowers), but then leaving room for the practical stuff and placing the soap pumps off to the sides.
After all my searching and inquiring, I finally decided on the items I felt were necessary as well as nice to have out on the double vanity in my girls’/guest bathroom. It’s a conglomeration of all the above ideas without being overwhelming or impractical.
It’s nice and tidy, but that woven tray holds everything my girls need (most of their things are inside the vanity) as well as everything our guests need. Anything else I thought would be nice to have on hand is on the shelves above the toilet.
A Closer Look at the Items I Chose:
- Kleenex in a beautiful marble cover
- extra wash cloths (white so they can be bleached)
- fresh greenery
- soap pumps at each sink
- woven tray from Target to corral everything (not offered online – here are my favorite woven trays)
I chose not to put lotion out on the counter because we don’t have enough guests stay with us to warrant having that out all the time. Also, nobody in my family really uses cotton balls unless we are taking off fingernail polish, so those were relegated to a cute glass jar on the floating shelves above the toilet. Here’s an overhead shot so you can get a better look at how I arranged the tray.
I’m so happy with how this turned out because I finally feel like I can stop thinking about what to put between these two sinks!
I hope these ideas for how to decorate a double vanity countertop truly are helpful. I try to see gaps in what’s out there (especially via Pinterest search) and fill them with practical information you can apply in your own home. Personally, this process has been so helpful because now I know the upstairs bathroom is serving my girls’ everyday needs but is also prepared for any house guests we might have.
I’d love to hear what you think of these ideas in the comments below!